Call for papers: European Erotic Cinema: Identity, Desire and Disgust

B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies & The Faculty of Art, Design and Media at Brighton University present:

Cine Excess VIIEuropean Erotic Cinema: Identity, Desire and Disgust

Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

15-17 November 2013

Over the last 6 years, the Cine-Excess International Film Conference and
Festival has brought together leading scholars and critics with global
cult filmmakers. Cine-Excess comprises of a 3 day conference alongside
plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and 5-7 UK theatrical premieres of
up and coming cult releases. The event also features its own dedicated
DVD label, with recent releases including the official UK Blu-ray
release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977). More recently, Cine-Excess
staff assisted with the new director’s cut of Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal
Holocaust (1979), in conjunction with UK distributor Shameless Films.

Previous guests of honour to the annual Cine-Excess event have included
John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading
Places), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Little Shop of
Horrors, The Intruder, The Wild Angels, Bloody Mama), Stuart Gordon
(Re-Animator, King of the Ants, Stuck), Brian Yuzna (Society, Beyond
Re-Animator, The Dentist), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno)
Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The Hole), Franco Nero (Django, Keoma,
Die Hard II), Vanessa Redgrave (Blow Up, The Devils, Julia), Ruggero
Deodato (Last Cannibal World, Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of
the Park) Enzo G. Castellari (Keoma, The Inglorious Bast***s) and Sergio
Martino (Torso, All the Colours of the Dark).

With the recent relocation of Cine-Excess to the University of Brighton,
a number of new developments connected to the event have been announced.
These include the 2013 launch of the peer-reviewed Cine-Excess
E-Journal, which will publish a selection of papers from the event on a
twice yearly basis, while a new Cine-Excess feature film arm is also in
development in conjunction with a range of international partners.

For this year’s event Cine-Excess is proud to be working with the
University of Birmingham’s newly formed B-Film: The Birmingham Centre
for Film Studies as part of the Cine-Excess VII event.

Cine-Excess VII considers Europe’s long and controversial relationship
with the erotic image, considering the extent to which cult European
traditions of desire reveal fascinating issues of nation and regional

From mainstream cinema’s first nude scene in Ekstase (1933) and the
extreme arthouse imagery of Romance (1999) via the exploitation films of
Joe D’Amato and Jess Franco, Europe has always been at the cutting edge
of cinematic depictions of the erotic, pushing the boundaries of what it
is legitimate to represent on screen. Employing varied genres and
filmmaking modes – from the pseudo-educational sex films of Scandinavia
and Germany to the surrealist exploits of Walerian Borowczyk or the arty
bourgeois respectability of Emmanuelle (1974) – European cinema has
shifted the paradigms through which the (eroticised) body can be
represented and consumed, blurring and problematizing the boundaries
between ‘art’ and ‘exploitation’. Often these celluloid sexual
experimentations also traverse accepted boundaries of desire and
disgust, with unsettling and controversial results. In so doing, these
films prompt a profound re-mapping of the body, as well as of the
concepts of art, commerce and even the very notion of ‘European’.

This conference will explore the history of European erotic cinema from
a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, while also
considering a range of national traditions of carnality across a wide
range of visual media that include film, television, literature, comics
and digital media.

Several well-known filmmakers of European erotic cinema will also be in
attendance to discuss their work and interact with academic speakers.
Proposals are now invited for papers on any aspect of European cinema.
However, we would particularly welcome contributions focusing on:
* The National and the Naughty: eroticism and European identity;
* Carnal and Cruel: Euro erotica and the horrific
* New Territories, Old Taboos: Extreme desires in the new Europe;
* Erotic Auteurs: Case-studies of the carnal cineaste;
* Sin, Surgery and Sutures: The medicalization of European erotica;
* Trans-generic desires: eroticism as celluloid hybrid;
* Art or Arousal:  Problematic distinctions between pornography and
the European erotic;
* Deviant Distinctions: The erotic in ‘art’ and ‘exploitation’ cinema;
* Carnal Cravings: Questions of consumption and reception;
* Against God and State: Censorship and the erotic image;
* >From Desire to Disgust: Conflicted carnalities, confused cycles;
* The Politics of the Erotic: Historical case-studies of arousal;
* Basic Instincts: the cinema of Paul Verhoeven, Catherine Breillat
and Just Jaeckin;
* 50 States of Grey: European traditions of titillation abroad;
* The Devil Within Her: Erotic Desires and the female body;
* >From Page to Porn: Adaptations of the literary erotic;
* Institutions of Excess: Case-studies of European distribution;
* Queer Europe: From the experimental frame to the exploitation image;
* Small Screen Thrills: TV and erotic traditions;
* Iconic Excess: Case-studies of erotic performance;
* Brown Skins, White Marks: The transnational/transitional erotic
body in film;
* Sex and the Unsafe Space: Domestic fears and the erotics of home

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals
related to a range of European regions and traditions. Please send a
300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by the 17th September 2013 to:

Alex Marlow-Mann ( or Xavier Mendik

A selection of conference papers from the event are scheduled to be
published in the Cine-Excess E-Journal and as a separate anthology.

For further information and regular updates on the event (including
information on guests, keynotes and screenings) please visit


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